Mental health service user territories: Enacting 'safe spaces' in the community

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Tucker, I. 2010. Mental health service user territories: Enacting 'safe spaces' in the community. Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine. 14 (4), pp. 434-448.
AuthorsTucker, I.
Abstract

This article develops a conceptualization of 'space' that enables in-depth analysis of mental health service user 'territories'. Driven by the aim to understand how spaces within the framework of 'community care' are produced, an approach that draws upon Deleuze and Guattari's notion of 'territoriality' is developed. Through this we see how important it can be for service users to produce 'safe spaces' that enable forms of 'normalized' activities to be produced, but, crucially, in settings that exist outside completely mainstream settings. Analysing drop-in day centres and home environments (two key sites in community care), the article demonstrates the value of a micro-analysis of the production of space to understanding some of the ways service user experience operates in a spatially distributed sense. This helps to illuminate the impact on identity of existing within 'community care'.

KeywordsCommunity mental health; Recovery; Space and place
JournalHealth: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine
Journal citation14 (4), pp. 434-448
ISSN1363-4593
Year2010
PublisherSAGE Publications
Accepted author manuscript
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1177/1363459309357485
Web address (URL)https://doi.org/10.1177/1363459309357485
Publication dates
Online05 Jul 2010
Publication process dates
Deposited14 Dec 2018
Accepted05 Jul 2010
Copyright information© 2010 The author. Tucker, Ian M., ‘Mental health service user territories: Enacting 'safe spaces' in the community’, Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine, 14(4), pp. 434-448. (10.1177/1363459309357485).
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